Verkhoyansk in Siberia usually sees temperatures of around 20 degrees at this time of year, and reaches lows of -50 degrees during winter. However, at nearly 18 degrees hotter than usual, the severe change in temperature is fuelling forest fires in the North Pole (yes, forest fires in the NORTH POLE) and causing them to spread more deeply and widely than can be controlled.
The region has experienced high temperatures for a number of months, with the United Nations concerned that this is an impact of climate change. The UN Climate Change account tweeted today that the #RaceToZero emissions campaign is in fact a ‘race for survival’.
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